Thursday October 30th, 2014
Join over 300 of Canada’s leading Android Developers at the largest Android Conference in Canada.
On October 30, 2014 we will continue to investigate cutting-edge developer tools and techniques that will deliver a new era of Android Development. AndroidTO 2014 will feature some of the leading global names in Android, all focusing on how, we as a community can leverage what’s next in terms of Android Development - mobile, wearables, TV platforms and beyond - the android-connected world will all be looked at, broken down and defined over the course of one action-packed day.
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- Akshay Agarwal
- Mobile in the Modern Age: Connecting Intelligence
- About Akshay
Akshay Agarwal is the Ecosystem Director Americas and is responsible for Graphics Ecosystem Development and Strategic Marketing with specialization in Software: Mobile Operating Systems, Gaming, User Interfaces and Web browsers
- Chris Haseman
- Building software in the Mobile Age
Working in the mobile industry for the last ten years has taught me one thing: Producing great software is hard. There are, however, more than a few ways to make it easier and more accessible. Over the course of this talk I'd like to go over some of the small things you can do to make the process less daunting. I'll give developers some guidelines on fighting and getting releases out on time. We'll talk about how to get the most out of designers (and how designers can get the most out of engineers). Last, I'll let the marketing folks in on a few tactics we've used at Tumblr to get our rating above 4 stars.
- About Chris
Chris has been writing mobile software in various forms since 2003. He was involved in several large-scale Brew projects, from MMS messaging to Major League Baseball. More recently, he was an early Android engineer behind the doubleTwist media player and is now the Engineering Manager on the Android team at Tumblr. He is a published author, "Creating Android Applications." with Peach Pit Press and he currently lives in Manhattan, where he constantly debates shaving his beard."
- Zach Forrester
- Android for Humans: Designing Compelling Apps for Android
Designing apps that people can relate too, grow fond of, and look forward to using is critical in the ever expanding and already crowded marketplace. What are some universal elements of beloved apps? What are some avoidable pitfalls of overly ambitious designs? What kind of guiding principles can we follow to make things that people fall in love with?
Zach will be talking about his challenges, missteps, and successes designing Vū, a smart news reader app available for iOS and Android, and sharing some lessons he's learned in the process. He'll also address the broader question of what makes an app great, and how empathy and emotion in interaction design can create an unforgetable, human experience for your users.
- About Zach
Zach is a Senior UX Designer at BNOTIONS (http://bnotions.com) where he crafts engaging experiences across all platforms for international brands, merging spheres of interest that Zach has held throughout his life. A lifelong interest in comic books has given Zach a deep appreciation of storytelling and artistry, while an ongoing fascination with technology has led Zach to be an explorer of cutting edge interface programming and techniques.
- Collin Wikman
- Square Inc.
- Simplicity with a Smile
Collin will be talking about Square's design culture, philosophies and practices – specifically around the topic of simplicity and efficiency. They are a design centric company that is building a financial product, a sector that has not been known for it's design.
While simplicity and efficiency are both great, I think what makes Square's design special is its "smile" factor. We want to make people smile. We want to build experiences that people actually take pleasure out of using. People should enjoy using our product. I feel this is often forgotten in the design realm and is something that I truly believe makes an app, website, product or anything successful. That will be the second and largest section of the talk.
The third section of the talk will be focusing on how we (Square) bring both of these design philosophies (simplicity/efficiency with a smile) to the android platform.
- About Collin
Collin Wikman is a San Francisco-based designer at Square where he works on Android and iOS apps. Collin was one of Square's earliest Android designers and specializes in mobile design. While at Square, Collin has held several leadership positions for Square's Android and iOS mobile apps and continues to develop the next generation of Square's mobile design patterns
Prior to Square, Collin worked at social media marketing startup Involver where he developed strategic designs with partnership companies like Facebook, The NFL, Procter and Gamble and NBC. Collin began his design career in high school as a freelance designer and founded his own design firm while he was a student at UC Santa Cruz.
- Scott Dyer
- Mobile Apps in the Canadian Broadcast Ecosystem
Scott Dyer, CTO at Corus Entertainment, will discuss the impact of mobile on the broadcast business. Corus Entertainment is a integrated media company, operating 24 specialty broadcast channels (including YTV, Wnetwork, and Treehouse), 37 radio stations across Canada, and producing kids content through its Nelvana division.
The talk will look at Corus' history in the mobile space, in terms of second screen, game apps, and video distribution, and what we've learned along the way. Mobile is at the center of rapid change in the television industry, and each player in the ecosystem (content producer, broadcaster, and distributor) is evolving their business model to capture mindshare with consumers. Mobile threatens to upend traditional models and financing structures, which is particularly challenging in the regulated Canadian broadcast system. Mobile also ignores most geographic boundaries, further pressuring the traditional models.
Our experiments, both good and bad, customer data, usage statistics, learnings about iOS and Android, and the feedback we get from consumers will be part of this talk.
- About Scott
Scott Dyer is Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Chief Technology Officer for Corus Entertainment Inc., responsible for leading all of the Company's divisional and corporate technological undertakings. In this role, Scott has operational and strategic responsibility for the hardware, software, personnel and technical resources of Corus' core and new media businesses, focusing on process redesign and business intelligence across all of Corus' divisions and departments.
Scott also oversaw the design and construction of Corus' new waterfront headquarters, Corus Quay. This facility is home to more than 30 television signals, three radio stations and more than 1,000 employees. This highly advanced broadcast centre was designed to support Corus' growth in both traditional and new media, and combines best-of-class hardware and software in an integrated digital workflow.Prior to this position, Scott was Executive Vice President, General Manager, Corus.
Kids. Scott began his tenure at Corus as Executive Vice President, Production and Development at Nelvana, which produces internationally renowned and award-winning children's animated content such as Babar and Franklin . At Nelvana, Scott helped guide the creative vision and technological development of Nelvana's high-calibre team of animators, developers and producers.
Trained as a mathematician at Carnegie Mellon University, Scott entered the animation business after spending three years in Utah working on visual systems for flight simulators. His first entertainment industry career saw him producing commercial effects for television at Cranston/Csuri Productions, one of the first computer animation companies in North America.
Expertise in that field led Scott to a professorship at Ohio State University, where he spent four years running a research group that applied computer animation to science at The Ohio Supercomputer Center. Scott started Windlight Studios with a group of partners in 1993, and joined Nelvana in 1997 after Nelvana acquired the Dyer-produced pilot of Emmy® award-winning CGI series Rolie Polie Olie.
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